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The Stilt Fishermen of Kathaluwa
The Stilt Fishermen of Kathaluwa
jagar


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2011 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 16-85 f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Date: Feb 2, 2011
Date Uploaded: Feb 8, 2012

Shot this in Sri Lanka early last year.
This was taken at the same time:
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Statistics
Place: 8 out of 410
Avg (all users): 6.9833
Avg (commenters): 7.9756
Avg (participants): 6.9744
Avg (non-participants): 7.0222
Views since voting: 2401
Views during voting: 517
Votes: 240
Comments: 53
Favorites: 5 (view)


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02/24/2012 11:06:59 AM
Wonderful finish. The processing on this is first-rate.
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02/24/2012 10:03:52 AM
Congrats on the top ten of 2011! :-)
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02/24/2012 05:49:47 AM
Congratulations John, I so much enjoyed this one!
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02/24/2012 05:32:03 AM
Yet another fascinating image -- I well remember marveling at your Stilt Fisherman. Congrats on a high finish in a challenge with tons of great shots.
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02/24/2012 01:33:09 AM
Amazing photograph. Congrats on the top 10.
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02/24/2012 01:30:26 AM
You chose wisely, John :-) Congrats on the top 10!!!
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02/24/2012 12:44:35 AM
What an amazing shot! This was one of my fav of the challenge. Congrats
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02/24/2012 12:39:48 AM
Well done John.
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02/24/2012 12:19:35 AM
Congrats John on a top ten finish in the 2011 FS. Great tones, as always! Fascinating capture.
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02/24/2012 12:12:26 AM
Wow 8th, you rock!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/24/2012 12:00:00 AM
Ver nice 'street' shot. 8
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02/23/2012 08:56:56 PM
Perfect balance in every sense.
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02/23/2012 05:16:07 PM
John - these scenes are always really compelling but here, strangely, it is that breaking wave rather than the fishermen that draws my interest - not a bad thing, but unexpected.The bird is surprisingly prominent too. The glowy rendition reflects your work and once again you have judged it well. My brain tells me the men are over sharpened but my eyes don't reveal much when I scrutinise closely.

Great scene - well made.
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02/23/2012 02:15:57 PM
Lovely black and white image with good composition and lighting. I really like this.
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02/23/2012 09:11:34 AM
fantastic shot. i've never seen people fishing this way before.
the b&w conversion is great too.

(voted earlier)
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02/23/2012 06:52:09 AM
Spectacular. Amazing light and tones. 10
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02/23/2012 06:30:47 AM
Magic! : )
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02/23/2012 03:49:22 AM
Fascinating slice of a culture.
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02/21/2012 12:28:06 PM
I think I remember another capture along these lines (no pun intended) earlier in the year, and this is no less stunning. Love it.
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02/20/2012 04:20:41 PM
great capture.
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02/20/2012 04:05:40 PM
The breaking wave at the front adds nicely to this well processed b&w.
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02/20/2012 01:49:11 PM
Very intriguing image. I'll enjoy reading the story behind this in your notes.
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02/19/2012 10:59:12 PM
Great tones and story!

(voted earlier, coming back to comment)
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02/18/2012 08:29:40 PM
Unique scene (to me, anyway). Fascinating, even with the figures relatively dark. I'm glad that you chose to show me the bigger picture, with the crashing surf and brooding clouds and empty poles.
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02/17/2012 11:15:44 PM
Wow. Such an interesting display for those of us who've never witnessed this. Plus the rich tones and composition and so good - it just sparkles with life and color. Love it.
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02/17/2012 10:56:20 PM
Not something you see every day in downtown New York... Very nice use of B&W.
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02/17/2012 10:06:48 PM
Wonderful B&W and an interesting capture of a great favourite with photographers :) The silhouette and rhythm of the waves works great, I can almost hear the rumble of the sea, very dynamic scene.
Whether is running though the sand or washing around people, the sea is always a good friend to photographers, but an harsh master to fishermen.
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02/17/2012 06:05:27 PM
Unique photo, dramatic processing.
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02/16/2012 08:13:18 PM
An intriguing and exquisite image! Love the B&W.
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02/16/2012 10:51:43 AM
What a cool view. I like how you gave us a glimpse into something exotic (to most people) but what is mundane for these fishermen.
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02/16/2012 08:56:35 AM
Wonderful composition. I think a slighty more "straight-on" angle may have benefited you here. Just an opinion, because this is a very strong image. Well done!
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02/16/2012 06:12:15 AM
That bird! Magic! The timing of the small wave in front as it crashes - perfection.
Nice silhouettes and comp.
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02/14/2012 04:21:23 PM
How nice to see such a well-taken shot of this unusual practice, taken in Sri Lanka? The b&w tones are good, exposure is perfect, nice clear overall focus. Very good work.
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02/14/2012 01:17:39 PM
amazing tones and detail.
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02/14/2012 09:17:44 AM
Thanks for sharing, wonderful scene. On the technical account a bit soft but I don't care.
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02/14/2012 07:25:27 AM
Great processing here; the deep blacks work very well with the image.
(from the processing and letterbox border I would guess this is ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Bear_Music but I'm not sure..) I was sort of doubting he had gone to Sri Lanka...

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02/14/2012 03:33:41 AM
It is
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02/13/2012 08:46:52 PM
The best parts are the single gull in the distance and that wisp of water breaking over in the foreground. Excellent balance, both on their parts and yours.
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02/13/2012 06:34:52 PM
The darkness of the waves and sky really frame the fisherman. I've spent a long time looking at this one. Intriguing.
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02/12/2012 06:30:05 PM
Perched on high above the ocean waves,
early morning chill these men brave.
Time and tide marks the hours.
They patiently fish from their wooden towers.

This is an absolutely wonderful capture of a slice of life of another culture!!! I love the fishing action of these men that range from sitting, casting the rod, and standing. Wonderful details and the B&W is excellently done; tones are very dynamic. Photo is akin to something I could see in National Geographic magazine...I just love learning new things and seeing new places.
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02/12/2012 06:22:25 PM
that must be crazy hard work....thanks for recording and sharing it with us
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02/12/2012 03:11:58 PM
Wonderful BW. I love the deep tones so much.
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02/12/2012 05:54:13 AM
Wonderful
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02/12/2012 03:05:39 AM
Brilliant!
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02/11/2012 11:50:42 PM
Wonderful catch, truly. Amazing people, already voted.
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02/11/2012 12:04:40 PM
How amazing. Nice editing on this. What an interesting way to fish!
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02/10/2012 08:15:19 PM
interesting, different and works well in B&W, back to bump you up
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02/10/2012 04:10:02 PM
What an interesting image and nice processing as well.
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02/10/2012 12:22:20 PM
This is very nice in b&w. Nice composition.
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02/10/2012 10:13:30 AM
wonderful!
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02/10/2012 09:02:49 AM
love the contrasts and composition. This is a good example of where ignoring the rule of thirds regarding horizon placement makes the photo better.
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02/10/2012 09:00:05 AM
I love the deep contrast but it has made their faces too dark, and I believe their faces are important in this instance.
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02/10/2012 07:32:54 AM
Pretty cool image, I think black and white was the right choice for this image
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